COT 102 - Computer Keyboarding II
Spring 2006, 3 credits
Online Class Syllabus
Please read completely through this
syllabus and print it for future reference.
Contact me by email through WebCT classroom.
and Word Processing, Vanhuss, Forde, Woo 2002 or 2003
ISBN# 0-538-72610-5 (with Keyboarding Pro
The textbook can be purchased with a credit card at
Follett bookstore, by calling the Great Basin College Elko
campus bookstore at 775/753-2270; or through the book's publisher, South-Western.
For this class you also need
to have access to Microsoft Word 2002 software. This software is available
for students to use in GBC campus computer labs; you can also purchase the
software at an academic discount through the Follett
bookstore on the Elko campus (775/753-2270), or you can purchase
through other means such as a retail store or another online store. As a
student, you are eligible for an academic discount so be sure to use that
Superstore is another good place to find academic pricing for all
kinds of software. (Word 2002 is included as part of the Microsoft Office
XP suite of software.)
- Be able to access the class website through
- Have and maintain Internet access throughout the
- Have and maintain access to all software used in the
class throughout the semester.
- Have and maintain a virus-free computer
throughout the semester.
- Have knowledge of Windows and file
An important note about online
Do not assume that online
classes are easier than traditional "face-to-face" classes.
Online classes can actually
be more difficult than traditional classes.
They require constant
motivation and self-direction on the part of the student.
You are responsible for
reading, studying, asking questions, completing assignments, being
organized, and staying on schedule.
BASIN COLLEGE CATALOG COURSE
further increase keyboard speed and accuracy on the computer and to build skill
to a marketable level. Includes formatting of letters, memos, reports, and tables.
Prerequisite: COT 101 or 30 words per minute keyboarding skill.
Upon successful completion of
this class, students will be able to...
Key the alphabetic and
number keys by touch with good technique.
Create and edit
business letters, memos, reports, and tables efficiently and with proper
Use basic word
processing features with ease.
Understand and use
word processing terminology.
marks and revise text.
students are responsible for...
and completing each week's assignment: the Assignments link is accessed through the
and working through the text
specified assignments that you will send in each week through the Assignment
Dropbox (there's detailed information about the
Assignment Dropbox a few paragraphs below)
Weekly Assignment course work must be completed and sent in to me through
the Assignment Dropbox by the due date and time
specified (usually a Wednesday at midnight, Once a Assignment's
due date and time has passed, the link will no longer be available.
Assignments may include Lesson Drills, Applications, and Skillbuilding assignments; Module Checkpoint
assignments; Communication Skills assignments; and/or using
Keyboarding Pro software to do timed writings and diagnostic writings.
my intention to have your assignments graded and back to you in the
Assignment Dropbox by the Sunday after the
Wednesday they are due.
and posting a reply to the Bulletin Board
Discussion topics. Get to the Bulletin Board Discussion either on the
left-hand-side Navigation menu. Read information under Course Materials on how
posting a reply to a Bulletin Board Discussions topic, be sure to use the
Reply button, not the Reply Privately button, so everyone in the class can
read all postings. (Reply Privately sends an email
message to the author of the Bulletin Board topic that you're reading.)
a Bulletin Board topic's due date and time has passed, the topic link will
no longer be available
the Class Email on the Navigation menu on the left-hand side of the
questions when things don't make sense: ask me or other students through WebCT email or bulletin board.
You have the option to "work ahead." You can complete the Weekly Assignments, upload them to
the corresponding area in the Assignment Dropbox, and
respond to each related Bulletin Board posting after you've completed the weekly
work. However, the assignments will not be graded until after their
actual due dates and times.
Anyone not in
communication with me for any two-week period (without prior approval) will have
an F grade recorded for the class.
The worst part of an online class is
The Assignment Dropbox
link is available either on the left-hand side of the WebCT window,
the Assignment Dropbox page, there will be a link
that corresponds to each textbook assignment that you'll need to turn in
(which is described in each week's Weekly Assignment page). Click on that
assignment link, and then follow the instructions on screen to upload from
your computer the corresponding assignment that you've completed.
links in the Assignment Dropbox are available until
their due dates and times. Once an assignment's due date and time has
passed, the link will no longer be available. If you've arranged to send in an
assignment late (being sure to arrange this with the instructor before the
assignment due date) you will send it in as an attachment to a WebCT email message.
my intention to have your assignments graded and back to you in the Assignment
Dropbox by the Sunday after the Wednesday they are
due. Sometimes you'll get them back earlier than that, sometimes later,
but always after the due date. If it's going to be later than Friday I'll let
you know by bulletin board and/or WebCT email.
graded assignments in the Assignment Dropbox will
have brief comments from me in the Comments area with each attached graded
assignment. You should open each graded assignment to see more detailed
comments typed in it.
instructions in the book direct you to print your work, that is
optional, and only for your benefit, because the textbook-based work I get
from you will be the computer files you create and send through the Assignment
If, for some reason, you feel that you
cannot complete the course, you must
officially withdraw from the class by the course drop deadline. This is done by
contacting GBC Admissions & Records at 775-753-2102 and completing the
Course Withdraw Form. Officially withdrawing results in a "W" on your grade
report. The "W" is not used in computing your cumulative GPA; it
will appear on your transcript and be permanent.
If you do not officially withdraw, your grade will be based on the work you have completed
averaged with zeros for work you have not completed.
Grading in this course is based
upon the following:
More information under
(quality of discussion is
Timed & Diagnostic
Drills, Applications, and
To determine the final course grade, the grades for all the
assignments will be calculated on a percentage scale in the breakdown given in
the table above, and then recorded as the corresponding letter grade as shown
Percentage Letter Grade
Asked Questions (FAQs) about
When and how
often can I turn in an assignment?
must be turned in through the Assignment Dropbox
by their due dates and times (explained in more detail earlier in the
syllabus). An assignment can be turned in more than once before the due date
and time if the student makes changes to the assignment and wants to send in
a new and improved version.
- No late work is accepted, unless turning in work late has
been approved by the instructor prior to its due
date. You will send in late
work as an attachment to a WebCT email message.
How many points are assignments worth?
Board Discussion postings are worth 100 points each, and averaged all
together are 10% of the total course grade (as
shown in the table above). Read information under Course Materials on
how discussion work.
Drill, Application, Skillbuilding, Checkpoint, and
Communication Skills assignment is worth 100 points. Refer to the
table above to see what the averages of these types of assignments are worth
in the total course grade.
are worth 3 points each and can include incorrect spelling, layout,
grammar, and usage.
graded assignment document will have comments typed in it or in the
Comments area of the Assignment Dropbox.
set of documents turned in at the end of the semester for the Selkirk
Communications Module is worth 100 points, and this assignment is worth 15%
of the total course grade. Errors are worth 3 points each and can
include incorrect spelling, layout, grammar, and usage. Each graded document
in this set will have comments typed in it or in the comments area of the
and diagnostic writings are each worth 100 points, and are graded as
words per minute (wpm) = 100 points
wpm = 85 points
wpm = 75 points
than 35 wpm = 65 points
words per minute rate is calculated by
subtracting errors from the gross words per minute (gwam) achieved in a timed writing. You get one "free"
error for each minute (or fraction of a minute) in a
example, let's say you've typed 42 gwam in a
3-minute timed writing, and you have seven errors. Since it's a 3-minute timing, you have three "free" errors, so
only four errors count against your gwam. Your
wpm calculation would be 42 gwam minus four
errors, which equals 38 wpm, or a grade of 75 points for this timing.
- As the
class goes on, you can check your progress at the Check Your Grades
link. Get to this link from the class website homepage,
How do you know which work is
When doing assignments in Word,type your name at the top of or somewhere near the
beginning of each assignment. This
is very important, and failure to put
your name on your assignments will deduct 15 points from your assignment
grade. The reason behind this is that I
receive the same assignments from each student in an online class. I'm generally
pretty good about keeping things organized, but there are those days..., and if
there is no name on the work, I have no certain way of knowing who did what
The timed and diagnostic writings will have your
Keyboarding Pro user identification (explained in the Week One Assignments)
automatically inserted in them, so you don't need to worry about typing your
name in those documents.
- Make sure you have a Data CD-ROM in the back
of your textbook--you will use this for your assignments throughout the
- Before beginning the class work, be sure to read the
"Key Features" section at the front of the book on pages vi and vii. This section gives you an
overview of the book's layout and logic, which helps in working through all
the information presented.
- Information about becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS
certification) is provided on page viii. GBC is an authorized MOS
testing center if this is something you'd like to do upon completion of this
- If you'd like a refresher about computer hardware,
working in the Windows format, and file management, pages ix-xv are
All assignments are to be completed on an individual basis.
That means you each do your own work. If two (or more)
students turn in work that has been done by only one person, each student
involved earns a zero (0) for the assignment(s). If it happens a second
time, each student involved will be dropped from the class.
- Don't let
yourself get behind! If you are confused about a particular concept, let me
- You will
be learning a tremendous amount of new material in the next sixteen weeks. For
some, all this new information may be overwhelming. Be patient.
- You are
enrolled in this course to learn and I'm available online, by phone, or in
person (except on weekends and holidays) to facilitate your learning. This
is not an independent study class!
for this class through GBC's Admissions &
your user name and password from the Technology Help Desk
through this syllabus
Thoroughly explore the WebCT classroom, and be sure to let me know if you have any